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    10-13-2007, 09:40 PM
  #1
Foal
Barefoot Trimming vs. Shoes

Okay I have recently rescued a tb from the slaughter house. I normally don't do that sort of thing for just any horse but this one came with a story and a heartbreaking backround that I just had to help her. She is a navicular horse and was badly shod in the past which led to her condition. She has been shod pretty much all her life and she is 11 now. What I wanted to ask was: she is currently on shoes but she is not very sound and currently unridable. I was wondering if barefoot trimming would help her at all. Not neccessarily to be ridden but just so that she can be comfortable. I know this is a very controversial subject but I wanted to know what you guys thought and what you do with your own horses. Also, if anyone out there has a navicular horse or knows about the disease, what are your thoughts??? Thanks, taylor :)
     
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    10-13-2007, 10:36 PM
  #2
Trained
Hi Taylor99. My horse is currently barefoot, and I plan to keep her that way. I did have shoes on her for a week, but that was the barn owner's fault, and I guess mine too. But in that week, her feet were extremely sore, and her legs were rather cold. I did not ride her for that week, so I don't know how it affected her gaits. But I read an article and I found it to be highly helpful. Here's the website address. http://www.thenakedhoof.com.au/html/purposepage.htm

I don't really know anything about navicular disease. Have you tried googling it?
     
    10-14-2007, 12:16 AM
  #3
Weanling
Next time she is due to have her feet done, ask your farrier what he thinks. Freckles came to me with his front hooves shod because he had a bad dip in one hoof. I was told there was no point in keeping them on him, so he took them off and his dip has cleared up we haven't had a problem.

But ask your farrier for his opinion, generally TB's have crappy feet.
     
    10-14-2007, 12:56 AM
  #4
Foal
Yes, most TB's hooves aren't very good, but my boy's hooves are really hard and healthy. He's barefoot and has been barefoot since he was 3. (He's now 5). My farrier says he's wearing his feet perfectly and that his frogs are nice and heathly. I guess it depends on the TB, huh? I agree, your farrier should know what's best for your mare. And bless you for taking her in.
     
    10-14-2007, 02:18 AM
  #5
Started
I was given a bay mare that had it, the owner hunted her to the point that she couldn't walk any more and gave her to me, I had her bare foot for the 3 months that I had her and was even looking in to having her de nerved so that she could be a lot more comfertable, after a 3 month brake with me the owner came back and took her and sold her ...she told me that she was selling her as a broodmare.....she wasn't so lucky in the end, I know who she sold her too and the poor mare went to slaughter. Do you have her on bute?
     
    10-14-2007, 03:32 PM
  #6
Started
First of all, let me just say that I think it's wonderful that you rescued this horse. I would love to do the same thing one day.

A lot of people think that if a horse has laminitis or navicular that you need "special" shoes. I personally don't agree with that. We have a friend who's TWH got laminitis and she did Pete Ramey's barefoot trim and he was all better within a few months. Of course she got him boots so that he felt more comfortable.

Personally, I will never shoe any horse I own ever again, no matter what breed. Some say this is a selfish act on my part. I just brush that off because I KNOW that Pete Ramey's barefoot trim WORKS! I've seen it work for TB's, appys, QH's, TWH's, standardbreds, andalusions, drafts, arabs, morabs, just to name a few. If done CORRECTLY, a horse will be able to go barefoot. The transition period may take awhile because the hoof may have to heal from poor shoeing or poor trimming, but we need to give the horse that time.

I would not suggest all "natural barefoot trims" or whatever you want to call it. Like Strasser, or however you spell it. I think that method slaughters horse's feet, and I have personally seen MANY, MANY horses been put down after years of torture.

I WOULD suggest Pete Ramey or Jamie Jackson. Do a google search on them if you want. But I would suggest keeping your horse barefoot. It's healthier for their hooves.
     
    10-14-2007, 08:44 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks to everyone who posted.

It seems that barefoot may be the way to go with this mare but I will defintately consult my farrier to see what he thinks.

She is currently not on bute, but she is on ixosuprine which is a blood thinner to help circulation around the navicular bone.

I definitely want to read more up on the disease and check out some testimonials by owners who have horses with it.

I was wondering what is the difference between all natural barefoot trimming and other barefoot trimming?

I am growing to love this mare more and more each day because she is in a lot of pain at the moment, but she is so trusting and has the kindest eye about her. I am desperate to help her but the farrier is coming out soon to evaluate her so I hope things will start improving then. Thanks again!

(P.S. KANSAS_TWISTER: that is so horrible that that happened to the mare you had!! You must have felt so bad for her! I can't imagine having to watch a horse that I cared for go to slaughter! So sad!!
     
    10-14-2007, 08:44 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks to everyone who posted.

It seems that barefoot may be the way to go with this mare but I will defintately consult my farrier to see what he thinks.

She is currently not on bute, but she is on ixosuprine which is a blood thinner to help circulation around the navicular bone.

I definitely want to read more up on the disease and check out some testimonials by owners who have horses with it.

I was wondering what is the difference between all natural barefoot trimming and other barefoot trimming?

I am growing to love this mare more and more each day because she is in a lot of pain at the moment, but she is so trusting and has the kindest eye about her. I am desperate to help her but the farrier is coming out soon to evaluate her so I hope things will start improving then. Thanks again!

(P.S. KANSAS_TWISTER: that is so horrible that that happened to the mare you had!! You must have felt so bad for her! I can't imagine having to watch a horse that I cared for go to slaughter! So sad!! )
     
    10-14-2007, 08:45 PM
  #9
Foal
Sorry hit the button twice lol
     
    10-15-2007, 07:39 AM
  #10
Super Moderator
My friends got ottb couple years back. With horrible hoofs. They are barefoot tactic believers, so they took off the shoes. When I was looking at this horse 8 months later he had one of the nicest hoofs I've seen. Both mine go barefoot as well. It's worth to try, I think!

Good luck with your horse!!
     

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